When I read The Hunger Games series, I didn't love them. That's the truth. For evidence on my lack of love, you can check out my reviews here, here, and here.
My opinion has changed after seeing the movie. Before you start hating on me - let me explain.
My biggest complaint and frustration through the series was Katniss. I didn't find her likable, relatable, or enjoyable to read about. When most of the books are from within her own head and her own perspective on things, that was frustrating. It overshadowed the world building and the Big Questions for me. I can admit that.
The release of the movie led to some great articles about Katniss, the world building, The Capitol, and all of the things. And you know what, y'all? I started to see things differently.
This article at Tor convinced me that Katniss is indeed a feminist. And as soon as that little block was pulled out from my Jenga tower of frustration with Katniss, the rest of it came tumbling down. This article about the movie adding depth to the books struck all the right notes with me as well. Tor just gets me, you guys.
SEEING Katniss made me rethink Katniss. Reading others thoughts about Katniss made me rethink Katniss. All of the exposure of the books and coverage from a ton of sources, in addition to a spectacularly done movie, made me rethink The Hunger Games.
While I may not have been a hater, I certainly wasn't a lover. That has changed. I plan to reread the series with fresh eyes and an open heart to see what else changes. I think some things will still fall flat for me - the love triangle, the rough transitions in book three, the lack of sincere emotion displayed by Katniss towards anyone - but I am interested to see what things change upon my reread.
In conclusion, three things.
1. If you can somehow make a convincing argument for Gale, I will send you a cookie. Seriously. How ANYONE can choose Gale over Peeta is beyond me.
2. Go ahead. Say "I told you so." I'll still love you.
3. If you read an article that discusses the books or movies that you'll think I enjoy, please leave a link in the comments. Bear in mind I read all of them on Tor, but linking them for others benefit is legit.